There is something going very badly wrong in modern Britain when we read that under laws to be introduced next year, bin wardens working for councils will be able to order drivers to stop and then search their cars for black bags of household refuse. They will be entitled to impound a family car if they think it is being used to dump rubbish unlawfully. What an outrage that the little Hitlers’ who infest local Councils now are granted such powers over us.
Now I think that "fly-tipping" – the illegal abandoning of household rubbish along the roadside – is despicable behaviour. But people are more often than not driven (literally) to do this because of the draconian rules introduced around the collection of household waste. Councils are not providing a customer friendly approach to collecting waste and instead appear to have embarked on an all-out assault on the liberties of the householder. They should stop this and focus on ensuring that they collect all our waste, in a timely manner, so removing the need for some to fly-tip.